Lost Girls Author:Andrew Pyper, James Daniels Bartholomew Christian Crane is a criminal defense attorney who wins. Thirty-three, silver-tongued, and driven by a moral code that preaches, "There are no such things as lies, only misperceptions," Barth is ripe for the first murder trial of his career. Two fourteen-year-old girls have gone missing and are presumed dead in a depressed northern O... more »ntario town. The girls' teacher - now Barth's client - is the prime suspect. Booking himself into the seedy Empire Hotel, Barth begins work on a trial that quickly slides into a nightmarish tableau of psychological terror, where the distinction between dream and reality is as fine as the lines of coke he relies on for inspiration. He feels an uneasy connection to the victims, who presumably lie in the bottom of the lake just outside town . . . the same lake that is believed to be haunted.« less
Interesting psychological mystery/suspense. Still held my attention despite a nasty main character - Bart Crane, an attorney from Toronto who has to go to Murdoch to defend a difficult client accused of murdering 2 teenage girls. Bart is a lying, evidence stealing, cocaine addicted criminal defense lawyer who cares nothing about his client and only cares about winning. Wanting to finish the book was my desire to see Bart get his. Bart's encounter with his past and the supernatural in Murdoch, sets him spiraling downward. His carefully constructed facade of smooth, tough attorney starts unraveling. Bart get more than his comeuppance by the end - he reaches a sort of redemption. Writing is vague at times but interesting to read since it's quite different from most mystery, psych suspense books out there.